Jordan Wolfson: California, Wolfson
Over the past decade, New York artist Jordan Wolfson has gained a reputation for his surprising, thought-provoking works in a wide range of media, including video, sculpture, installation, photography, and performance. This illustrated artist’s book is the product of close collaboration between Wolfson and the book designer Joseph Logan. Initially conceived to document the artist’s 2014 exhibition at David Zwirner in New York – his first with the gallery, debuting new sculptural work, a critically acclaimed video, and his much-discussed animatronic sculpture (Female figure) 2014 – the publication ultimately exists as a hybrid between an exhibition catalogue and a stand-alone expression of Wolfson’s vision. Featuring large colour plates, it is anchored by extensive photo documentation of (Female figure) 2014, which combines film, installation, and performance in the figure of a curvaceous, scantily clad woman covered in dirt marks and wearing a witch mask. The majority of these photographs were taken by Andreas Laszlo Konrath. In addition, Mario Testino has also contributed a suite of images. While the book focuses primarily on the animatronic sculpture, it also includes detailed reproductions of Wolfson’s recent series of wall-mounted sculptures. A short text by the artist provides context and background for all visual material, fleshing out this original document on an intriguing figure of contemporary art.